The cuisine of The United States is a rich amalgamation of peoples, religions and cultures thanks to the immigrants from different parts of the world. They brought with them their local ingredients as well as cooking styles with them. Yet amidst all these varieties Chinese and Italian cuisines dominate.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Americans developed a number of new foods. What characterised the American cuisine is the adaptation of a fusion of multiple ethnic cooking styles. During this period food production and presentation became more industrialised.
To make toffee sauce, heat castor sugar in a non-stick pan. Add 2-3 tbsps water and let it caramelize, brushing the sides of the pan with water at intervals.
Place soaked dates, buttermilk, refined flour in a food processor and grind. Add baking powder, soda bicarbonate, 2 tbsps oil and grind again to a smooth batter. Transfer into a bowl.
Peel and slice bananas.
Heat 1 tbsp butter in another non-stick pan, add banana slices and sauté for half a minute. Transfer into another bowl.
Add remaining butter to caramelized sugar and mix well. Add cream and mix well.
Heat 1 tsp oil in another non-stick pan, spread a ladle full of batter thickly and cook. Turn the date pancake when the underside is brown and cook the other side similarly. Similarly cook more pancakes.
Strain the toffee sauce into a third bowl.
Place a pancake on a serving platter, drizzle some toffee sauce on it, top with some sautéed banana slices, drizzle some more toffee sauce over banana slices, dust powdered sugar on top, place another date pancake on the side and serve immediately.
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